Saudi Arabia has important role in protecting global economy: energy minister

Saudi Arabia has important role in protecting global economy: energy minister
A handout photo released by the Saudi Energy Ministry shows Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman chairing a virtual extraordinary meeting of G20 oil ministers, in the capital Riyadh. (File/AFP)
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Updated 21 November 2020

Saudi Arabia has important role in protecting global economy: energy minister

Saudi Arabia has important role in protecting global economy: energy minister
  • The Kingdom showed exceptional G20 leadership as it helped tackle COVID-19
  • He said G20 energy ministers endorsed the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) approach

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has important roles in establishing the rules of international cooperation, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman said on Friday in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
On the occasion of the Kingdom’s presidency and hosting of the G20 leaders’ summit, the minister said that Riyadh played a key role in protecting the global economy in many of the crises it has gone through.
He said: “The Kingdom assumed the G20 presidency in 2020 and showed exceptional leadership as it tackled – with the G20 member states and countries of the world – the unprecedented crisis of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the consequent economic, social, and health crises from which the world continues to suffer to this day.”
The minister highlighted the Kingdom’s success in fighting the pandemic inside the country as well as its role in addressing it and its consequences at a global level. He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has put forward substantial initiatives based on the slogan: “Let us inspire the world with our vision.”
Prince Abdul Aziz said that the G20 energy ministers’ meetings generally focus on enhancing cooperation in the field of global energy market stability and the security of its supplies, in addition to relevant core issues, such as controlling greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution to achieve sustainable development and improve global access to cleaner, more sustainable, and more affordable energy.
He added: “The G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting, held under the Saudi G20 Presidency on Sep. 27-28, 2020 against the backdrop of COVID-19’s unprecedented repercussions on the global economy, was decisive and influential. It conveyed the ministers’ awareness that the current crisis, along with its direct health, economic, and social repercussions, has contributed to destabilizing global energy markets through its significant impact on supply and demand and on consumers’ access to energy.”
The Saudi minister also said that the G20 energy ministers stressed during their meetings that energy security is one of the main enablers of global economic activity and a necessary element for energy access, in addition to being a fundamental pillar for the stability of energy markets.
“The ministers discussed enhancing the move toward establishing and adopting sustainable energy systems and pursuing initiatives to provide clean energy sources for all,” he said, adding that the ministers pointed out that the current efforts to address climate change are insufficient, and that the G20 member states have an opportunity to employ more comprehensive and effective methods.
Prince Abdul Aziz said that the G20 ministers of energy believe that access to cleaner, more sustainable, and more affordable energy is essential to reducing global poverty and promoting economic growth, and this can be achieved through the diversification of energy sources and the employment of innovative technologies.
He said that the G20 energy ministers, during the Kingdom’s presidency, endorsed the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) approach, which is a comprehensive, integrated, inclusive, and realistic approach that includes a diverse package of energy solutions and technologies based on research, development, and innovation to ensure access to cleaner, more sustainable, and more affordable energy systems. The CCE approach encompasses the four Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle, and remove carbon emissions.


Saudi mayor honors British expat for 27 years of beach cleaning

Updated 04 December 2020

Saudi mayor honors British expat for 27 years of beach cleaning

Saudi mayor honors British expat for 27 years of beach cleaning
  • Expat Neil Walker has been cleaning the beaches in the area for 27 years
  • He has spotted a lot of debris left behind by other bathers

RIYADH: It was a visit to a Saudi beach that prompted a British expat to spend his day off cleaning the area – he continued his efforts for 27 years – now Neil Walker is being rewarded for his efforts.

The Brit had gone to a beach south of Half Moon Bay in Alkhobar when he discovered a vast amount of debris that was both washed up by the sea, or left behind by other visitors and decided to clean the area.

Now, after more than a quarter of a century, as Walker prepares to return home to Britain, he has been rewarded for his environmental work by the mayor of the Easter province, Fahd Al-Jubair.

Neil Walker — who  is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia — ‘is deeply humbled to be recognized for his cleanup drive’. (Supplied)

“For the last 27 years I have been visiting a stretch of beach in that area on my day off to spend the day on a potentially lovely beach looking out on the glorious Arabian Gulf,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it was marred by litter and manmade rubbish, either brought in by the tides or dumped by previous visitors. So I took it upon myself to clean the beach before settling down and then in the late afternoon to extend my cleaning activities to either side of my camping spot.”

The diverse ecosystem of the Arabian Gulf supports a range of coastal and marine life, including mangroves, sea grass, coral reefs – as well as a variety of creatures including dolphins, turtles and a rich variety of fish.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eastern Province Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair presented Neil Walker with his certificate.
  • The mayor thanked Walker for his service to the Kingdom’s environment.
  • Walker is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia.
  • Eastern Province municipality has previously recognized the efforts of 200 Filipinos over the years for helping to clean the beaches and to promote awareness among other residents.
  • It has launched a number of initiatives intended to involve the public in keeping public areas free of waste.

The rapid industrialization of the area has introduced many environmental challenges that require human intervention, the fishing industry has also caused problems with discarded nets and traps that wild life get trapped in..

There have been numerous global campaigns encouraging people to pick up litter on beaches to help preserve the environment, ranging from arranged group clean ups to something as simple as encouraging each visitor to beaches to pick up three pieces of rubbish and place them in the bins provided.

Neil Walker has inspired creative environmental initiatives in Alkhobar. (Supplied)

“Although I have seen a slight improvement, a lot still needs to be done and hopefully the publicity I have received will be of value to this end,” Walker said.

“As I see it, the problem is that the majority of the public are unaware and are used to having other people cleaning up for them, they automatically think that it is somebody else’s responsibility. This needs to change,” Walker said, adding that he was deeply humbled and honored to be recognized for his limited contribution in cleaning up the beaches.

“A few years ago, I assume there was a change in management in the municipality, resulting in a new logo and cleaning crew, which has led to a greatly improved street cleaning and public area routine and the introduction of many waste bins, which are now being used by the public,” he continued.

Neil Walker has inspired creative environmental initiatives in Alkhobar. (Supplied)

Eastern Province Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair presented Walker — who is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia — with his certificate and thanked him for his service to the Kingdom’s environment.

“We hope this message gets across to residents of the Eastern Province. We are keen to honor all efforts to protect the environment and to recognize creative initiatives aimed at preserving the environment whether from Saudi nationals or expatriate residents,” Al-Jubair told Arab News, urging all members of the public to work together to protect the environment.

Eastern Province municipality has previously recognized the efforts of 200 Filipinos over the years for helping to clean the beaches and to promote awareness among other residents.

Like several other municipalities nationwide, it has launched a number of initiatives intended to involve the public in keeping public areas free of waste in order to better preserve the environment.